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NCAS
AND
SCHOLAR
BALLER
RECOGNIZE
 GEOFF
NAVARRO
 
 
January
31,
2012

 Monmouth
Sports
Information 
 ORLANDO,
Fla.
‐
The
Scholar‐Baller
program,
in
conjunction
with
the
National
 Consortium
for
Academics
and
Sports
(NCAS),
has
listed
Monmouth
University
track
 and
field
standout
Geoff
Navarro
(Mays
Landing,
N.J./Absegami)
to
its
2011
Third
 Team
Academic
Momentum
Team.

Honors
were
rewarded
to
student‐athletes
 based
on
academic
improvement
and
the
impact
each
student‐athlete's
academic
 performance
they
had
on
his
or
her
classmates,
teammates,
academic
advisors,
and
 professors.

The
organization,
which
honored
49
student‐athletes,
received
89
 nominations
from
55
difference
colleges
and
universities.
 
 "This
honor
means
a
lot
to
me,"
said
Navarro.

"It
means
that
people
here
in
 [Monmouth]
athletics
actually
thought
of
me
in
a
high
regard
as
they
put
me
up
for
 this
award.

I
am
in
pretty
elite
company
with
the
other
student‐athletes
that
were
 honored.

It
also
shows
the
other
side
of
'student‐athlete'
which
I
don't
think
many
 people
take
into
consideration;
we
are
students
before
we
are
athletes.


This
is
a
list
 of
people
who
are
really
good
athletes
that
are
also
improving
themselves
in
the
 classroom
and
I'm
happy
to
be
a
part
of
it."
 
 The
NCAS,
established
in
1985,
is
an
 ever‐growing
organization
of
 colleges
and
universities
that
 provides
opportunities
for
current
 and
former
student‐athletes
to
 continue
their
pursuit
of
higher
 education,
while
working
in
the
 community
with
children
to
address
 social
issues.

The
Scholar
Baller
 movement,
created
in
1995,
evolved
 in
response
to
concerns
that
the
 student‐athlete's
athletic
role
 increasingly
superseded
the
student
 role.

In
order
to
address
this
issue,
 the
founding
members
of
Scholar
 Baller
developed
a
groundbreaking
program
to
bridge
the
gap
between
education
 and
sport
utilizing
student‐athletes'
passion
for
entertainment
and
athletics.
 
 Last
season,
Navarro
was
the
second
leading
scorer
at
the
Northeast
Conference
 Indoor
Championships,
taking
second
place
in
both
the
60
meter
dash
and
200



meter
dash.

At
the
NEC
Outdoor
Championships,
which
MU
hosted
at
Kessler
Field,
 Navarro
guided
the
Hawks
to
their
third
straight
team
title,
taking
second
in
the
100
 and
200
and
anchoring
the
winning
4x100
relay.
 
 Navarro,
who
has
graduated
after
three
and
half
years
with
a
degree
in
health
 studies
and
is
now
working
towards
his
masters
in
criminal
justice,
qualified
for
the
 IC4A
Championships
in
two
events
thus
far
this
winter.

At
Army's
Six‐Team
Meet,
 the
team
captain
ran
7.04
in
the
60
meter
hurdles
and
22.18
in
the
200
to
earn
a
trip
 to
Boston
for
the
championships
in
March.


 
 "We
are
very
proud
of
Geoff
and
the
success
he
has
had
both
academically
and
 athletically,"
said
head
coach
Joe
Compagni.

"The
first
year
can
be
a
big
adjustment
 for
our
freshmen
and
it
is
always
great
to
see
someone
like
Geoff
come
to
college,
 work
though
the
challenges
to
make
that
transition,
and
then
develop
into
one
of
 our
team
leaders.

Geoff
is
a
great
example
for
the
rest
of
our
team."
 
 Navarro
added,
"Coach
Compagni
and
Coach
[Brian]
Hirshblond
have
been
a
really
 big
help
to
me.

My
freshman
year
I
got
into
a
really
bad
car
accident
and
I
struggled
 with
going
to
doctors
and
being
an
athlete.

When
we
came
back
after
intersession
 in
January,
Coach
Joe
set
me
up
with
Tina
Sevastakis
[Assistant
Athletic
Director
for
 Student
Development]
and
utilizing
study
hall.

I
attribute
going
to
class
and
reading
 as
a
big
things
that
helped
me
[improve
my
GPA],
which
I
don't
think
a
lot
of
our
 student‐athletes
realizes
how
important
they
are."
 
 "After
winter
break,
I
regained
a
focus
and
I
decided
that
I
didn't
spend
five
years
 just
to
get
my
bachelors,"
continued
Navarro.

"I
ended
up
taking
summer
classes,
 started
getting
good
grades
and
then
I
wanted
to
be
in
school.

I
wanted
to
do
more
 than
just
getting
my
bachelors
which
led
to
me
to
my
masters
program,
which
is
 really
interesting
and
I
enjoy."
 
 Each
award
recipient
received
a
recognition
certificate
and
authentic
Scholar
Baller
 medal.


Monmouth Track and Field Student Athlete Earns Academic Momentum Award  

Geoff Navarro is a recipient of hte 2011 Academic Momentum Award

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